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Welcome to the new home of Sky Diary!

Chris Kridler’s storm chasing site is here, with photos, chase reports, kids’ pages and more

Welcome! Sky Diary’s new home is here on my official site, ChrisKridler.com (the main menu is above in case you’re looking for the Chris Kridler home page, author services, books and more). I started chasing storms in 1997 and soon after that developed a website, first on America Online and then on the web. After building Sky Diary for more than twenty years in HTML, it became a bit creaky. I’m capturing the best of SkyDiary.com and transferring it to this site for a more reader-friendly experience. Plus I’m posting all the 2021 reports on the blog and in the new index of storm chasing reports from recent years (continually updated as I add more of the archives). Stay tuned for updates.

Here we are photographing a spectacular low-precipitation supercell with mammatus over Earth, Texas, on May 16, 2021.

 

Storm Chasing 2021

Cow is our loyal companion on the road.

I’m back from Tornado Alley and posting updates in the blog from our storm chasing adventures. I traveled to the Plains with fellow author Alethea Kontis. You can read about our adventures here and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (please subscribe!).



 

 

The kids’ storm pages are live!

NOW ONLINE AND UPDATED: KIDSTORM! These pages are chock-full of facts about tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes and storm chasing – interesting information for kids and grown-ups, too. Go!

Recent posts on skies and storm chasing

23 May 2021: Colorado storms, funnel and lightning

I really don’t love chasing storms traveling at highway speeds, especially when they’re packed with hail. I’m hail-avoidant on a good day, thanks to previous experiences with being pummeled by hail, and with a new car? Well, perhaps I’m even more cautious. So when Alethea Kontis and I traveled south of Limon, Colorado, on May 23, 2021, to meet a rotating storm hurtling north, …

21 May 2021: Messy storms in scenic western Nebraska

May 21 is what you’d probably call a storm-chasing bust, or as I jokingly call it, a “wet bust,” as we did see storms — just nothing spectacular. We started and ended the day in Sidney, Nebraska, and any storms that formed were screaming north at highway speeds. It was almost impossible to keep up with them. Perhaps the only highlight was seeing some …

20 May 2021: Hailstorms and rainbows in northern Colorado

  May 20, 2021, Alethea Kontis and I targeted northeastern Colorado, hoping for supercells. Bill Hark joined us for much of the chase. Storms took a long time to get going, and when they did, the lack of roads made it difficult to be on the “right” side of them … but we had a beautiful view of hail and rainbows (or hailbows) from …

18 May 2021: Tornadic supercell in southwest Texas

  After a hearty diner breakfast with friends in Lubbock, Texas, near the Buddy Holly Center, where we checked out a few of the outdoor exhibits, Alethea Kontis and I decided to check out the chance of a storm southwest of us. And there was a storm, which we caught up with near the town of Loop. This was a slow-burning cell, kicking up …

17 May 2021: Dusty, tornadic UFO supercell near Brownfield, Texas

  What an extraordinary day of seeing nature’s magic in action! Alethea Kontis and I started our storm chase on May 17, 2021, in Seminole, Texas, where we watched clouds bubbling on the dryline. Aggressively growing turkey towers (as seen in the video) suggested that storms were in the offing. Jason Persoff found us by the side of the road. He was chasing with …

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Some of my favorite chases

Chase 2016: Incredible 20th year

My Tornado Alley chase was incredible in 2016, with many tornadoes and photogenic storms. 

2004: Attica, Kansas, tornadoes

May 12, 2004, Attica, Kansas, tornadoes

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